American University — Assistant Professor: Data, Media and Identity

Position Announcement: Data, Media & Identity Communication Studies
School of Communication American University

The Communication Studies program at American University’s School of Communication invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a starting date of August 1, 2023. Applicants should have a PhD or anticipate completing a PhD by August 2023 in Communication, Media Studies, Science and Technology Studies, or a related field. The successful candidate will teach in the School’s doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate programs.

The search committee seeks candidates who are emerging or established leaders in Communication or related fields, who have promising records of publication (and/or funding) that are driven by the application of empirical methods that are primarily quantitative. Ideal candidates will bring expertise in quantitative, data analytical, mixed, and/or emerging methods. In scholarship, ideal candidates will be working at the intersections of data, media, and race and identity. The successful candidate will be deeply familiar with new sources and structures of data and be able to evaluate and critique the role of data as a medium of social power in an increasingly networked society.

With this position, the Communication Studies program seeks to broaden its leadership, scholarship and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and mentor students in the doctoral program; teaching duties will extend as well to undergraduate classes and to the master’s program in Media, Technology and Democracy.

Women, underrepresented individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans of the armed forces are encouraged to apply.

Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, subject to on-going budgetary approval. Please submit applications via Include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and summary descriptions of recently published, position-relevant work as well as a statement of past and/or anticipated contributions to diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and service. Recommendation letters and evaluations of teaching will be requested at later stages of the search. Please contact Liz Kan, Faculty Affairs Coordinator at with questions about the position or the process.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital. For more information about American University, please visit

Established in 1993, the School of Communication offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Communication Studies is one of the School’s four divisions. Others are Film and Media Arts, Journalism, and Public Communication. To learn more about School of Communication, please visit about the Communication Studies division at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

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Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.